D-backs Short Hops: Game 4
Fateful fourth inning leads to demise of Arizona's season
DENVER -- Fielding Game 4 of the NLCS on a short hop ...In < 25 words ...
A frantic comeback couldn't undo the damage of the Rockies' six-run fourth as the D-backs' season came to an abrupt and disappointing end. Frozen moment
Though it seemed like the last five innings of the game would be more like a funeral march for Arizona, to their credit the D-backs stared a five-run deficit in the face and, in the eighth, watched pinch-hitter Tony Clark step to the plate as the potential tying run. Rockies closer Manny Corpas was brought in to face Clark, who worked the count full. But with a packed house at Coors Field on its feet, Clark swung and missed the seventh pitch of the at-bat, ending the D-backs' rally and leaving Justin Upton stranded at third. Big number
2 -- The D-backs held a lead for a total of two of the 38 innings played during the series -- one-half inning in Game 1 and then 1 1/2 innings on Monday. Neither of those leads was by more than one run.
With 50,213 fans planning their postgame celebration, Snyder gave the D-backs one last gasp of hope with a three-run blast in the eighth that closed Arizona's deficit to just two runs. Snyder also had a second-inning double.
After going hitless in the first three games, Upton made his second start of the series and connected for the first LCS hits of his career. After being hit by a pitch in the second, Upton doubled in the fourth and then tripled in the eighth as the D-backs tried to rally.
Lyon finished a phenomenal postseason stretch with a scoreless inning of relief on Monday. Lyon pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning and recorded two more strikeouts to give him four total in five scoreless innings this October.
Sense of October
They say special things happen when the calendar flips to October, and ultimately, the D-backs ran into a team where the words "destiny" and "magic" appropriately fit. Colorado got the breaks and the bloop hits, while Arizona couldn't buy a clutch hit when it mattered most and made the costly mistakes, none more so than Conor Jackson's error in the fourth. Finishing the series with just four hits with runners in scoring position, the D-backs couldn't do what successful playoff teams need to do to win in the postseason.
Lines of the Game
4 AB, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1R, 3 RBI
Comment: On a D-backs team that scored just eight runs all series, Snyder accounted for three of them with one swing of the bat. His eighth-inning homer was the second homer for Arizona this postseason.
2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks
Comment: The fact that Arizona could not win a game was no fault of the D-backs bullpen. Cruz's performance in relief of Micah Owings included strikeouts of six of the eight batters he would face and would essentially keep the game close enough for Arizona to make a comeback attempt.
"To have that experience, have that under their belt, as they get more involved and have more success down the road, their confidence level will have risen because of what they've experienced this year. If they're fortunate enough moving forward to having a postseason run, they know they've been there, done that. They know what to expect moving forward. They know what adjustments they need or don't need to make, and the expectations will be high." -- Clark, on his teammates
The D-backs will be relegated to spectators for this year's Fall Classic. With Spring Training set to open in four months, an Arizona team comprised heavily of young players will have an offseason to dissect the experience they just gained and use the disappointing end to the 2007 season as fuel moving in to 2008.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.